This year, SIR returns with 2 productions playing in repertory – alternating on selected dates – between June 6 and July 7, 2024.

 

SIR’s 2024 season embraces the theme of transformation with two electrifying plays that celebrate our ability to adapt, to surrender to magic and storytelling, and to ultimately change – as individuals and communities. The season will feature a popular Shakespearean romp, and a new Canadian play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the bombastic comedy about love transformed; and Iago Speaks, a new work by Daniel Macdonald, that serves as the perfectly witty sequel to Shakespeare’s Othello.

 

Artistic Director, Rodrigo Beilfuss, invites you to join us, saying:

 

“There really is nothing better than experiencing a play in community with others – if the story grabs our attention, it all begins to feel like a religious experience (as Freddie Mercury once sang, ‘it’s a kind of magic’). Suddenly, our sense of what’s real and what’s make-believe starts to blur, and we begin to move toward a mutual recognition and a common ground that can only be discovered by the experience of laughing at our absurdity together. That is the transformative power of live theatre.

I cannot wait for you to be a part of this adventure. In this overwhelming age of digital disruption, hysterical polarization and mass distraction, SIR’s 2024 season is a celebration of theatre itself – and an experience designed for you to find solace, peace and a great deal of laughter.”

 

TICKETS ON SALE April 23rd, 2024

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare

 

what fools these mortals be” 

 

Shakespeare’s bombastic comedy about Love transformed has not been performed at the Ruins since 1995! The play is primed for a joyous revival. The Trappist park will effortlessly transform itself into the Forest of Arden, where young lovers and age-old fairies wage battles of power and desire. This is Shakespeare’s first great comedy, and undoubtedly one of his most enduringly popular. It has all the ingredients of a classic romantic comedy: a magical setting; a merry go round of earnest young lovers; a fairy king and queen; a troop of hapless comic actors…all given a supernatural spin over a single moonlit night.

 

$40.00 Regular Admission

$25.00 Discounted Admission (for patrons under 30, members of the theatre industry, under-employed folks or people living on a fixed-income.)

Iago Speaks, by Daniel Macdonald

 

From this time forth I never will speak word.”

 

Iago Speaks is a sophisticated and entirely original play that celebrates and questions the very idea of what Theatre is. At first glance, the play appears to follow the events immediately after the curtain comes down on Shakespeare’s Othello; but the story quickly turns, introducing us to Iago’s jailor – a bit player – as he tries to find the true purpose of his repetitive task of keeping watch over Iago. If you don’t quite ‘get’ Shakespeare, don’t worry: neither does the Jailor! This meta-theatrical comedic romp into the imagined next chapter of a notorious Shakespearean villain is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Will Iago break free? Will the Jailor finally be the protagonist of his own story? What is the point of stories? Why do we keep telling the same old stories repeatedly? Iago Speaks tackles all of the big questions – and more.

 

$30.00 Regular Admission

$20.00 Discounted Admission (for patrons under 30, members of the theatre industry, under-employed folks or people living on a fixed-income.)

 

Pay What You Can Tuesdays will also return.